I have a feeling I am going to have a fight on my hands in the next couple of months.
Sometime between now and September I am half expecting a letter demanding money, and I have absolutely no intention of paying.
You may remember [but probably won’t] that I wrote a year and a half ago about how they had installed little meter boxes and a new water main up my lane. I wrote how they left a length of blue pipe sticking out of the ground that presumably is supposed to provide my water.
Since then, nothing has happened. I buried the length of blue pipe for no other reason than it looked fucking ugly, and their little meter box thingy is now covered under half an inch of dried mud from all the rain we had last winter. Quite honestly I had forgotten all about the whole thing.
I have been warned however that the crowd who have taken charge of these meters will be contacting me soon. They will be looking for my personal details, including my RSI [revenue] number. Now I have no intention of giving them any information, least of all my RSI, as they are a semi-private company and it is none of their fucking business. Presumably they will also demand that I connect my house to their little bit of blue pipe, which I also have no intention of doing. What they do out in the lane is their business, but what goes on on my land is my business and not theirs.
My argument is quite simple.
I do not have a contract with these people. A contract requires Cause, Consideration and Consent, and I never gave my consent. I never agreed nor did I sign anything therefore there is no contract. And if there is no contract, they can't demand money off me.
Doubtless they won't take this lying down but that's their problem. They can argue, threaten and cajole but the fact remains – I have no contract nor agreement with them. Any communication I receive will be dealt with politely but firmly – I have no contract and I have no intention of entering into a contract or agreement therefore they not only don't get my cash, but they don't get any information from me that I deem to be any of their business.
What's more, if they persist in hassling me I shall be forced to charge them for my time.
€1,000 an hour should just about cover it?